home sweet home: PABST sandwich

Our Easter weekend trip was amazing. We returned to Vancouver with a bag full of books, some thrift scores, a new bike and enough good times to last until next year, at least. Not only did we explore nature and gawk at waterfall after waterfall, there also was some noisy 2am Fred Meyer foraging for left over Easter chocolates after a night of trivia and deliciously hoppy I.P.A. at the Basement Pub.

Naturally, there was much good eating to be had. Amazing breakfasts at Gravy & Junior’s, Kyla’s delicious blueberry waffles and some collaborative macaroni & cheese with the skinniest & delicious-ist asparagus ever. But my most favorite meal in Portland? Easy. My PABST sandwich and the Hedge House salad with beets, hazelnuts, blue cheese, greens, and a balsamic dressing that Kyla and I shared at the Hedge House. To die for, seriously.

Today I rode my new-to-me (I bought it used off Craigslist for a steal) Trek 520 to the local bike shop and while it was busy getting tuned up, I snuck off to the local food co-op with a crazy idea in my head. Yes, I was going to tackle the PABST sandwich for tonight’s dinner. If I was feeling super ambitious, I would have also made the beet n’ blue cheese salad as a nice accompaniment, but I figured some cheddar-beer Kettle Chips would have to suffice. Hell, these chips are Oregon made!

The results? Did this sandwich live up to expectations? Damn, straight!

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14 comments to “home sweet home: PABST sandwich”

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    Rachel   April 19, 2006 at 6:35 am

    That looks like a great sandwich! Contrary to your blog’s title, I don’t particuarly like sandwiches.

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    kickpleat   April 19, 2006 at 10:50 am

    rachel, i don’t even go nuts over sandwiches! i got the name from a vintage kids cookbook that i love. but this sandwich is definitely a converter!

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    kickpleat   April 19, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    Actually Dawna, these are garlic sprouts but I’m sure mixed bean or sunflower sprouts would go great! I’m also not a fan of the alphafa, so any sprout substitution would get my okay!

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    Dawna   April 19, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    Zowie! I love a good sandwich, and sandwiches like this are precisely why. My only flinch would be sprouts, for which I would substitute delicious radish or sunflower sprouts rather than what I assume is the ubiquitous alfalfa of my nightmares. I’m also on a serious avocado kick right now, and I think there’s some bacon in the freezer…

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    Darlaing   April 19, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    oh I am so jealous of your weekend in the NW!!

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    kickpleat   April 19, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks darlamay, it was funfunfun! i ♥ portland

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    Tanya   April 20, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    On my way home to make one right now……

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    kickpleat   April 20, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    Tania, I’m happy to report that Pabst beer was nowhere in sight while eating this sandwich. Instead, we drank really hoppy strong IPA. Yum!

    Rorie, it’s a great sandwich!

    Tanya, I hope you enjoy it :)

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    Tania   April 20, 2006 at 11:02 am

    I’m glad you had a great holiday, and I’m VERY glad you wrote about this sandwich. It sounds delicious, and I love the easy-to-recall acronym. Did you drink a pint of Pabst as an accompaniment? ;-)

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    Rorie   April 20, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    Sounds damn good!

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    Tanya   April 21, 2006 at 7:00 am

    I made a GABST last night, since we only had goat cheese in the fridge. It was really tasty, but really rich. I wouldn’t recommend goat cheese for this sandwich. However, with that being said, my hubby and I loved everything else about it! We used veggie bacon, cruncy sprout mix from a local farm, homemade sandwich bread (recipe on my blog), and grape tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe and recommendation!

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    s'kat   April 21, 2006 at 8:30 am

    And here I am wondering how the hell one crams a bottle of beer between two slices of bread! This take sounds much more plausible, and more tasty, to boot.

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    kickpleat   April 21, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    ooh, i like the sound of a GABST, Tanya! Nice work!

    s’kat, ha! yes, i wonder how that would work out ;)

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    Anonymous   August 1, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    I can’t remember what search led me to your blog, but when I saw the PABST sandwich recipe, I copied it down right away. Tonight, I finally made it, and oh my god, it rocked my world. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    – Sarah

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